Rift Calling Template Analysis: Cleric Tank
The new premade calling templates are a great way to introduce new players to Rift souls and to introduce old players to new roles, but are they always the best choice? We continue our analysis with a look at the cleric tank template - the Seraphic Guard.
Starting with the Cleric calling, we will break down each of these templates and discuss their finer points. We will take a look at their strengths and weaknesses as well as providing some possible alternatives for more adventurous players.
The second calling template up for review is the
Cleric tank build, the Seraphic Guard. Built around the Justicar soul, the Seraphic Guard is a well rounded tanking build with solid AoE abilities, useful self and group heals and decent threat generation.
Cleric Tank Template: Seraphic Guard
Overview:Cleric tanking can be extremely rewarding and extremely fun if done right. The Seraphic Guard template is a step in the right direction, giving the player many of the tools needed to succeed. Featuring a solid mix of AoE and single target threat, this build focuses on survivability and utility and is a good place for a player that is new to tanking to start.
Purpose: Purpose restores 10% of the clericÂs mana each time a damaging ability is used. The one drawback to Cleric tanking is the heavy mana usage, so learning when to use Purpose for maximum effect is essential.
Doctrine of Loyalty: This Justicar ability works in conjunction with Cavalier, a self-buff that causes all life-based damaging abilities to create Conviction, to heal their group for a moderate amount. Conviction is a resource that can be stored temporarily and used to heal the Cleric or their group, it stacks up to 4 times and will last for up to 30 seconds or until they are used.
Doctrine of Bliss: Another Conviction based ability similar to Doctrine of Loyalty. Doctrine of Bliss is a self heal that can be a critical part of staying alive during difficult encounters, or if the healer is killed or incapacitated.
Precept of Refuge: Conviction based ability that does a small amount of damage, but increases Block by 15% for 8 seconds. Adding this ability into a macro is a great way to insure that it is up all times.
Hits and Misses ÂThe strength of the Seraphic Guard build lies in many of its passive or long duration buff abilities which help increase overall survivability. New tanks will be able to hone their skills easily without having to micro-manage a plethora of reactive abilities or worry about maintaining shield spells.
By focusing so heavily on the Inquisitor, the Seraphic Guard forgoes much of the melee punch that a Cleric tank can bring to the table. While fear immunity is nice, it simply isn't worth dropping 11 points into a caster soul. Even a minor change such as only spending 6 points in the Inquisitor tree would provide a better end result as the player would still get Armor of Treachery and have more points to spend in the Shaman tree.